The much awaited iPad mini is here. The iPad mini has the same screen resolution as the iPad 2 but it’s much smaller.
When iPad mini was launched Apple said that this is not a shrunken down version of the iPad. The design of the new iPad mini is more like the fifth generation iPod touch rather than full sized iPad. The iPad mini is more rounded and lacks the sharp taper edges of the full sized iPad. This makes it much more comfortable to carry around.
The iPad mini measures at 7.87 x 5.3 inches and weighs 0.68 pounds. The bezels around the screen help you hold the iPad mini easily in one hand. The buttons layout is the same, the orientation lock and volume rocker are on the right side. The 3.5mm headphone jack and the power button are on the top.
On the left side you will find the Lightning connector, beside that are two rows of holes that serve as sound out for the iPad mini. The sound put is not bad but its better use headphones. On the front you will find a 1.2 megapixel Face Time HD camera and smaller version of the Home button seen on the iPad. The Home button is even smaller than the one on an iPhone. On the back is a 5 megapixel iSight camera.
The iPad mini is powered by a 1 GHZ dual core with 512 MB of RAM; it’s the same setup as an iPad 2. Apps loading are a bit slow but switching and closing apps is faster. The iPad mini has an astounding battery life. With nonstop video play back while having Wi-Fi enabled, the battery lasts for 12 hours and 45 minutes.
Display and Camera
The display is a 7.9 inches ISP LCD with 1024 x 768 resolutions. The display is not Retina but it has the same resolution has its 10 inch big brother. The colors and brightness has been improved compared to the iPad 2. The viewing angles are perfect and the colors are well balanced.
The camera is seems is the same as the one used in an iPhone 4, a 5 megapixel camera. The image output is pleasing but still lacks the HDR and Panorama mode. Pictures taken in good lighting condition are pleasing but the image quality in low lighting is a bit disappointing.
The video output is reasonably good; it records videos at 1080p like most Apple devices. But the lack of image processing chip and the low resolution sensor means the image stabilization is not as good as the iPhone 5. If you want to have quality footage, you may have to shoot in good lighting environment.
To sum it all up, the Apply iPad mini is not a shrunken down version of an iPad nor is it a budget tablet. The iPad mini is a light weight, thin and a well constructed device with a wonderful battery life. Even though the performance and display is a little low compared to other latest Apple devices, but this is the best tablet you can find in the price range.